Three were arrested by the Police of Arizona on murder charges on Tuesday. They were arrested after association with the death of a 6-year-old kid who had been kept in a closet for a month.
This 6-year-old kid and his 7-year-old brother were just thrown into the closet for about 16 hours every day for a month and not even given food at the family’s home in Flagstaff, about two hours north of Phoenix, police stated.
Anthony Jose Archibeque-Martinez, 23-year-old, Elizabeth Archibeque-Martinez, 26-year-old, and Ann Marie Martinez, 50-year-old, were taken into custody on Monday and were being held at the Coconino County jail and were eligible on a $3 million only cash bond for each.
All the people near the apartment area where the family lived said they didn’t see the family going outside much. They also said that they were devastated by the kid’s death and they offer their sincere condolences.
“That little kid suffered. I won’t be able to sleep well tonight,” said Leslie Lerma, who has lived in the same residential area for 10 years.
Arizona Department of Child Safety personnel took care. Of the dead boy’s three siblings whose ages are 2, 4 and 7 years. Department spokesman Darren DaRonco said all the siblings are receiving proper care and services.
The Kid’s Were Starved
The kid and his 7-year-old brother were thrown into the bedroom closet around 8 p.m. and were not allowed to come out until noon the next day, according to court documents. The documents state that their food just included oatmeal. Around noon and a cheese sandwich four hours later and nothing else after 4 p.m.
Police officials quickly rushed to the apartment on Monday after responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive kid. The officials found the 6-year-old on the living room floor, stated police Sgt. Charles Hernandez. Police said his physical appearance which was very small with the tiny bone structure. His physical appearance didn’t match his age.
Police stated that they found no obvious signs of trauma.
Officials Still Waiting For Results
Hernandez said police were still waiting for the results. Of an autopsy to shed light on the condition of the kid and the period and extremity of abuse. He said the treatment of the boy’s siblings is also under their care.
The parents and the grandmother did not have their own lawyers at their initial appearance on Tuesday in Flagstaff Justice Court.
The next court appearances were scheduled on March 12. Anthony Martinez is currently is facing a charge of resisting arrest.